Thie documentary below explores the life of the Black Undertow in Trench Town in post-independence Jamaica.
Trench Town, the home of DWL music legend Bob Marley, is one of the most violent ghettos in Jamaica which is the third most violent country on earth. Three of the original Wailers were shot and killed.
The neighborhood is controlled at the precinct level by dons who have perfected the fine art of warlord democracy. In Jamaica, the dons turn out the vote for the PNP and JLP – the two major political parties – who fight over control of the state for national resources can be redistributed to their followers through patronage networks.
The reality of Trench Town is something to think about next time you hear a DWL friend or acquaintance smoking ganja and jamming to the beat of Bob Marley’s “One Love”: